Dossier: Syrian Civil War

Rosa Yassin Hassan (photo: DW)

Interview with the Syrian Writer Rosa Yassin Hassan

Touched by Magic

Until a few months ago, Rosa Yassin Hassan was filing daily reports on the war in Syria in her blog, "Diary of the Syrian Revolution". Her accounts detailed both the suffering of civilians and the brutal acts committed by both the regime and the opposition. Persecuted by the regime, she fled to Germany in the autumn of 2012. Laura Overmeyer spoke to herMore

Turkish F16 fighter planes (photo: imago/Xinhua)

No-fly Zone for Syria

Last Chance to End the Misery

The imposition of a no-fly zone in 1991 against the regime of Saddam Hussein worked wonders for Iraqi Kurdistan. Twenty years later, a no-fly zone in Libya led to resolution of the conflict there. Why shouldn't it also be tried in northern Syria? A commentary by Silke MertinsMore

Robert Fisk (photo: imago/Xinhua)

Interview with Robert Fisk on the War in Syria

A War That Won't End

President Bashar al-Assad's troops in Syria are gaining ground. British Middle East reporter Robert Fisk met some of them when he visited the front lines earlier this month. Interview by Michael HartlepMore

Nihad Sirees at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair 2013 (courtesy: Abu Dhabi Book Fair)

Interview with Syrian Writer Nihad Sirees

On Literature's Honest Surrender

Syrian author Nihad Sirees has written seven novels and several plays and TV dramas. After increasing pressure from the Syrian government, Sirees left Aleppo in early 2012. Marcia Lynx Qualey met him at the Abu Dhabi Book Fair, just as he was leaving his exile in the US and moving to EgyptMore

Supporters of PKK leader Öcalan near Diyabakir (photo: Stringer/AFP/Getty Images)

Kurdish Rebels Retreating from Turkey

Finding a Safe Haven in Iraq

After three decades of war, Turkey and the Kurdish separatist PKK outfit are close to implementing a ceasefire. The first PKK fighters have already begun leaving Turkey for safe havens in Iraq. Birgit Svensson reportsMore

People help victims after an explosion in Reyhanli District, Hatay, Turkey, 11 May 2013. At least 13 people were killed and 22 wounded following explosions on 11 May in southern Turkey near the Syrian border (photo: picture-alliance/dpa)

After the Bomb Attacks in Reyhanli

No Scruples in the Battle for Syria

Whoever was responsible for the double bomb attack in the Turkish border town of Reyhanli last weekend, it is part of a perfidious strategy to show the Turkish people that their nation has long been involved in the battle over Syria's future. Commentary by Jürgen GottschlichMore

Scene from 'Der deutsche Stuhl' (photo: Monika Borgmann)

Lebanese Victims of Torture

Remembering Palmyra

They were abducted and tortured. Now they have taken to the stage: In "The German Chair", Lebanese survivors of Syrian jails recreate the horrors of the civil war in a play. By Jannis HagmannMore

Israeli fighter jet (photo: Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images)

Israeli Air Attacks in Syria

Blinding Flashes in a Shadowy War

The latest Israeli air bombardments of military facilities near Damascus throw a spotlight on the Israeli-Iranian conflict in the region, and apparent Israeli plans to fight Iran and Hezbollah on Syrian territory. Analysis by Stefan BuchenMore

A Syrian man holds the body of his son, killed by the Syrian Army (photo: AP)

Interview with Sharif Nashashibi

''No Sovereign Government Has the Right to Oppress Its Own People''

In this interview with Samira Sammer, Sharif Nashashibi, co-founder and chairman of Arab Media Watch, discusses the difficulties of reporting on the Arab Spring in repressive states, the situation of minorities in Syria and the question of Western involvement in the Syrian civil warMore

Riots on Tahrir Square, Egypt (photo: dapd)

Essay by Nawaf Obaid

The Collapsing Arab State

The Arab Spring has toppled some regimes, though not others. But, more important, everywhere in the Arab world – and beyond – it has called into question the viability of the nation-state. An essay by Nawaf ObaidMore

US Secretary of Defence Chuck Hagel (photo: Reuters)

The West and the Conflict in Syria

The Ghost of Saddam's WMD

In view of the appalling numbers of people being killed and injured in the Syrian civil war and recent reports that poisoned gas has been used there, pressure is growing on the West to finally take some decisive action. Washington and London, however, continue to exercise restraint. By Karim El-GawharyMore

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The ''Women under Siege'' Website

Mapping Sexual Violence in Syria

"Women under Siege" is the name of a website gathering data on sexual violence in Syria. The use of open source software enables users to input their data directly. Many people are prepared to risk their own safety for the sake of being heard by the outside world. Johannes Thumfart has the detailsMore

The main thoroughfare in the part of Aleppo controlled by the rebels (photo: Bulent Kilic/AFP/Getty Images)

Civil War in Syria

A Return to Normality

Aleppo, the once hotly contested north Syrian metropolis and economic centre, is now a divided city. In the part controlled by the rebels, daily life seems to be gradually returning to normal. More and more refugees from Aleppo are returning to their city, even though economic recovery is slow. Peter Steinbach reports from AleppoMore

A man wearing a gas mask and a boy run away from a combat zone in Aleppo, Syria (photo: Getty Images/AFP)

Essay by the Syrian Writer Fawwaz Haddad

Children of a Divided Nation

In his essay, the renowned Syrian writer and novelist Fawwaz Haddad criticises the cynical attitude of the international community toward the Syrian conflict and the dramatic decline of his homelandMore

Fighters of the Free Syrian Army driving in a tank through a street near Damascus (photo: Reuters)

Criticism of the Media in the Case of Syria

The Perversion of the Media Machine

Western media attention is only refocused on protracted conflicts in the Arab world – such as those in Iraq and Syria – when their own correspondents fall victim to these wars. Commentary by Karim El-GawharyMore

Protest against the supply of weapons and surveillance technology to Arab states in Berlin (photo: Michael Gottschalk/dapd)

Weapons Exports to Countries of the Arab Spring

Armed to the Teeth

The Middle East and North Africa region is the most militarised world region. It spends five percent of gross domestic product on arms on average. The global average is only two percent. In regard to military procurement, the revolutions have not made a difference. By Sheila MysorekarMore